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The indie artist’s guide to gigging and touring

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Our indie guide to gigging includes numerous posts designed to help you transform your performances, travel smarter, and book better gigs.

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Whether you’re ready to book your own DIY tour or your first gig ever, our Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging has booking and gigging strategies that will help you play better shows, make more money, and survive your time on the road. The posts below also cover topics like house concerts, set lists, stage banter, stage fright, working the crowd, and staying healthy so you can perform at your best. Dig in and hit the road, Jack!

Five ways to get more gigs (July 2016)

More tips to make your unplugged gig a success (June 2016)

Preparing to perform live (June 2016)

Sick for the gig? Here are tips to get through the show in one piece. (April 2016)

How to survive four hour marathon gigs (March 2016)

Last-minute bandmate – What to do when your key players can’t play the gig (February 2016)

Five strategies to help boost music merch sales (December 2015)

Changing the pressure during your live performances (November 2015)

How to survive as a solo cover musician (November 2015)

Develop a home base before moving to regional music venues (September 2015)

Gigging without electricity – how we made it through the show in the park (July 2015)

Modify the drums (and more) when a venue pulls the plug (June 2015)

Have you outgrown your favorite music venue? (August 2015)

Are you building a music career or just filling the calendar? (July 2015)

Expand your audience with opening act and support slots (June 2015)

Give your fans a live music performance to remember (June 2015)

Got an unconventional gig? Use unconventional promotion. (May 2015)

How to find and play unconventional music venues (April 2015)

How to gig more without overexposing yourself (March 2015)

Band rehearsal tips: Can you be over-rehearsed? (February 2015)

Rehearsing with a purpose (February 2015)

Owning the crowd: music performance tips from the “One Man Sideshow” (August 2014)

What to do when the song is over (August 2014)

The power of a trash can ending (July 2014)

Ditch the pre-show performance jitters (July 2014)

9 things you should never do on stage (June 2014)

Help the soundman get you a great live music mix (March 2014)

Gigging, touring, and performance contract tips (November 2013)

Making magic when things go wrong on stage (November 2013)

Improve Your Live Music Show – Get Visually Creative! (August 2013)

Three Keys to a Compelling Music Performance (August 2013)

How I Bombed On Stage (July 2013)

Improving Your Music Performance Starts With a Vision (May 2013)

Touring Tips For International Music Gigs (April 2013)

International Music Gigs, Pt. 2 – Managing Your Gear (June 2013)

Making Money: Merch, Music Gigs, and Your DIY Tour (March 2013)

How to Get Gigs and Make a Living Playing Music (March 2013)

Tom Jackson interview: Part 1 (March 2013)

Tom Jackson interview: Part 2 (March 2013)

Stage Banter and Your Live Show (March 2013)

Saving Money While Touring (February 2013)

Seven Ways to Captivate a Live Music Audience With Your First Song (December 2012)

Singing Tips – Don’t Tax Your Voice Before a Vocal Performance (November 2012)

Working the Crowd… Offstage (November 2012)

A Great Show Doesn’t Happen By Accident (October 2012)

Stage Fright! Overcoming Music Performance Anxiety (September 2012)

Gig Etiquette – Set-Up and Breakdown Habits To Live By (July 2012)

Are You In Danger of Playing Too Much? (June 2012)

Freshen Up Your Live Show – 5 Ways To Spruce Up Your Live Music Performance (May 2012)

Set List Tips – getting your song order together for your next live show (March 2012)

Tips for Surviving and Thriving on Tour (January 2012)

Being healthy on the road (February 2012)

Sell More Than Just Your Music – 9 Quick Tips to Boost Gig Sales (February 2010)

Indie Touring Strategy: Getting Out on the Road (April 2011)

Gigging and Touring as an Indie (February 2010)

Artist Booking Essentials: College concerts and the military market (August 2011)

Direct to Fan – The Art of the House Concert (April 2010)

Guide to Gigging

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